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Offline Rwood

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We won't be the only ones, but ...

Wellington sun total for March (a month that was also cooler and wetter than average) was 156.5 hours, 38 below the long-term mean and 48 below the 1981-2010 average. Lowest since 1987. More drastic is the "inter-equinox" record - the total for October-March was only 1041 hours, the smallest value in 105 years of records at city sites. Previous low was 1070 hours in 1957-58 and 1992-93.



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Re: Record low sunshine in the daylight savings months at Wellington
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 02:08:29 PM »
That is dreadful Rupert - the worst for 105 years!!!
Will be interesting to get Chch too at some stage.

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Re: Record low sunshine in the daylight savings months at Wellington
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2012, 02:56:22 PM »

I can give an estimate - about 1125 hours for Oct-March.

Average for 1981-2010 is 1271, so well below that.
Average 1949-2010 (Ch'ch Aero site) is less at 1220, still a significant but not huge drop.

Highest value was 1477 in 2002-03, lowest at that site was 1036 in 1952-53, similar to W'gton's new record low.

A tally of just 733 hours in 1936-37 at Waimate makes these numbers look quite good!

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Re: Record low sunshine in the daylight savings months at Wellington
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012, 06:51:55 AM »
That is a depressing total for Wellington....
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Re: Record low sunshine in the daylight savings months at Wellington
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 08:39:25 AM »

Fortunately, it won't need much an effort for April to at last beat 1980 for Jan-April.

Perth had 329 hours of sunshine in March, it's 2nd highest total for that month.

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Re: Record low sunshine in the daylight savings months at Wellington
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2012, 08:44:38 AM »
By way of contrast with Wellington, the New Plymouth totals look reasonably good...I don't have the figures to hand but it was well over 200 hrs before I headed off to Auckland last week.


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